Call For Betas!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018



Hey everyone!  Instead of a post this week about  My Compass Home (which I'm too busy to write because of finals) I'm asking for your help. 

I  am currently in the process of writing a novel to submit to Hallmark Publishing, Love-Inspired, and maybe a couple of other publishing houses.  The due date for Hallmark is September 3rd --Labor Day, so I really need to get cracking on the novel.  Because of that, I am currently considering the option of having a few beta readers to look over whatever I have written by next month.  (Might be an entire first draft, might only be 70% of a draft; it depends on how quickly I'm writing.)  Obviously, I'm not entirely sure whether I'll have the book done in time for it to be looked over by beta readers, so this is just a tentative request, but here are the specs:

The specs:

Title: Winning Holly's Heart
Rough Synopsis: A young woman (Holly) runs a therapeutic riding stable and is given the option to enter a local competition for small businesses.  The competition would allow her to buy a new farm -- her old operation was destroyed by a tornado -- but losing the competition may very well mean the end of her dream.  Meanwhile, a single father and his daughter begin coming to the stable.  The daughter, Taylor, has been extremely withdrawn since her mother was killed by the same tornado that swept Holly's farm away.  When Holly and Taylor hit it off, Justin can't help but take notice...but when the contest goes awry, will everything fall apart? 

Word Count (when finished): 65,000 minimum for publication -- the draft will probably be less than that, though.

Start Date: June 21st, 2018
End Date: July 21st, 2018.  You'll have a month to read through and, if I can do a crash course on sharing Google Docs, the beta will be on there. 

Do you enjoy sweet, clean romance, Hallmark movies, or reading Love-Inspired books?  If you do or you think you'd be a good fit for beta-reading, please let me know in the comments section!  If everything works out well (and on time -- that looming due date is creeping me out!) I'll be in touch!  (If not, I'll let you guys know anyway.)  Thanks!